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A Basket Full of Apricots (1992)
Βερίκοκα στο καλάθι (original title)
Verikoka sto kalathi (title with latin characters)
Fiction, 104 min
 
Production country   Greece
Language   Greek
Director   Takis Touliatos
Scriptwriter   Takis Touliatos
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Poland 1991: Demosthenis and his stepson Argyris, Greek political refugees are taking their 1237th trip by train from the coal-mining neighborhood where they have lived for the past forty years to the cemetery where Demosthenes' wife, who is also Argyris' mother, has lain buried for the past 23 years. As they wait for the sudden downpour to end, in the narrow (and now damp) carriage in which they travel each week on their regular Sunday pilgrimage, they have no other choice but to reflect on a life of disillusion with their new country and nostalgia for a Greece that no longer exists. The film was the surprise of the 1992 Thessaloniki Film Festival (where it participated in the international competition) and is based on research collected by Takis Touliatos, who after years of feeling rootless, found a second home in Berlin. His bitter, tender low- keyed film is nothing but the director's personal testament on the agony of trying to hang on to one's identity when one is forced to live in a foreign country. Touliatos' questions ("What is country?" "Where is it?" "What does it stand for?" acquire a timely universal character as the viewer gradually comes to realize that this "trip" that never takes place, this train moving constantly backwards and forwards relegates the film to the sphere of the allegory, where Poland can meet with Greece or any other country.
 
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Color / Black & White   Color
Aspect ratio   1.66:1
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
 
 
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